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A Tale of Tails

Dear reader, I am sure you know that a snake and a mongoose are sworn enemies. They are always ready, willing and waiting to kill each other. But I do not think you know that this wasn't always the case. Once upon a time, not very long ago, they were the best of friends. Surprised? Let me tell you...

Childhood

Is it funnyWould it be strange To see a young girl Go dancing around the market place Or climb trees by the highway Or flick an orange from a cart Or sing to the silent nightingale Or smile at the nodding flowers Or rush to hug you When you'd rather think a casual Hullo! would do Or talk to the stars and splash in the puddles made by rainWould it be strange if...

Make your own Cards

Things you need: 1) Vegetables like potatoes and lady's finger. 2) A few bottles of bright poster colours. 3) Painting brushes, one for each colour you want to use. 4) Some drawing sheets, or ivory or poster paper. 5) A knife. 6) A water container.What to do:Step 1Take a potato and slice it into two. Then draw any design on it with the pencil. Take the...

Passing by My School Garden

Passing by My School Garden
How I wish I could step into this garden Just a temptation as I pass by I wanted to know what the flowers said And the gentle murmur of the wind in the sky.My heart swayed with happiness As I watched the upright poppies The wind whistled while kissing the trees And the jolly gardener watered them happily.Perhaps the leaves so green, were busy Preparing tasty...

It’s a Beetle’s World

Have you ever had winged visitors to your room on a rainy day, that are black, shiny and button-like, and which fall to the ground with a distinct tapping sound? You might also be familiar with those cute-looking insects with bright orange bodies dotted with black, called Ladybirds, hovering over flowers and tender leaves. There also might have been...

The Lazy Brahmin

The Lazy Brahmin
There once lived a lazy brahmin named Khushi. Every day he would set out in the morning with his begging bowl. Some generous neighbours used to take pity on him and give him food. However, there were days when he didn’t get anything to eat. On those days he preferred to starve rather than going out and doing some...

Two Girls and a Lotus

On top of a three-hundred-foot hill was a quaint old temple. A hunched, old man performed puja here. Enshrined in the centre of the temple was a beautiful idol. Usha and Lalita, two good friends, enjoyed talking to the kindly temple priest and watching him adorn the beautiful idol with multicoloured flowers.Often in the morning, Usha and Lalita climbed...

Rainbow Flowers

Here’s a great way to see where all that water in your vase actually goes.Items required: You’ll need a jug of water, four clean glasses, four different coloured inks or food dyes, scissors & white flowers (carnations work out very well, try tuberoses too.)What to do: Pour one inch (about half a finger high) of food colouring/ink into each glass (Each...

The Chief Minister and the Butterfly

Where: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaJuly 1, 2000: Indian politicians are mighty people, especially when they are in power. Even Nature trembles before their arrogant minds. Some years ago, when India was ruled by a Congress-I government, its environment minister decided to build a guest house in Manali. Why not, you may ask. It's a nice place. But there...

Flowering Bamboos

Flowering Bamboos
The huge bamboos, once bare, Are now covered with beautiful, pale white flowers, The yellow and green leaves, Of the bamboos looming in the vast sky, Make nature so beautiful and sweet.Behold the pointed, shiny leaves, Flying everywhere and leaping with the wind, They are glad there are flowers, With a fluffy carpet of them on the ground, Along with the tiny grains.Can you hear the leaves...

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